Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching and while we take this time to remember those who sacrificed their lives for this country, we often find ourselves spending quality time with our families and children. It marks the beginning of summer and is a great time to celebrate our family. Here are some fun suggestions for what you can do over the holiday weekend.
Celebration at the Station – Kansas City, MO
Many of you may know this celebration, but for those new to the area you should check out the 13th annual Memorial Day Celebration at the Station that features music director Michael Stern as he conducts the Kansas City Symphony, complete with a grand firework display, a picnic on the lawn, and great entertainment for your kids. The concert starts at 8:00 pm, followed by fireworks, but there is plenty to do with your family earlier in the day. In the Family Zone you and your kids can explore instruments, have fun with face painting, meet Kansas City SWAT and Fire teams, and take fun family portraits.
Picnic in the park
This is a classic way to spend the weekend with your family. Just pack up some of your favorite snacks and hit your local neighborhood park. Be sure to bring lots of fun games, such as bubbles and Frisbees, or if everyone wants to go swimming then head for one of the many lake areas near you. With the swim beaches opening for the summer season, you can pair a relaxed picnic with lots of cool water time. Check out this list of lakes and parks near you.
Schlitterbahn – Kansas City, KA
If you are ready for some fun in the sun and lots of splashing around, then consider the Schlitterbahn waterpark that opens for the summer season at the end of May. Starting Friday, May 27th, the park will be open at 11:00 am (10:00 am on Saturday and Sunday) and the park features an American Heroes Week event starting on May 30th. This means that all members of the military, police, firefighters, and EMTs get free admission for that week. Additionally, tickets for spouses and dependents are available at 50 percent off. Simply bring your qualifying ID and enjoy the day with your family!
Outdoor movies for kids
If you want to do something more classic for the holiday weekend, consider taking the family to a local drive-in or outdoor theater for a fun movie and some sweet treats. There are drive-ins located in Kansas City, Kanopolis, Paola, Dodge City, Wichita, Carthage, Van Buren, Lamar, and more! All offer different prices and options, so be sure to check out this website and call your local theater or go to their website for the most up-to-date information. Most drive-ins still support concession stands, cheap tickets or free admission for kids, and movies like The Jungle Book to give you a fun and old-fashioned movie experience.